Monday, April 24, 2017

Ann Coulter finds an unlikely ally in her free-speech spat with Berkeley: Bill Maher

An unlikely person has come to the defense of conservative pundit Ann Coulter in her ongoing push to give a speech at the University of California at Berkeley: liberal television host and comedian Bill Maher.

Coulter was scheduled to give a speech at the university on April 27, but the university canceled it Wednesday, citing security concerns. In recent months, the campus has been the site of several political protests, some turning violent.

Though the school reversed its decision and extended a new invitation for Coulter to speak on campus on May 2, she rejected the offer. Instead, she has vowed to speak in Berkeley on the original date and is accusing the university of trying to restrict her rights to free speech.

Maher addressed the controversy on his show, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” on Friday night — by first acknowledging how surprising his defense of Coulter might seem to his viewers.

“I know, we don’t like Ann Coulter’s views,” he said, to audience laughter. “I like her as a person. I’ve never agreed with one thing she ever said.”

Maher referred to his own similar situation with Berkeley, when some students petitioned to remove him as the university’s commencement speaker in 2014. School officials ultimately stuck by Maher, allowing him to speak.

“They got their act together and I wound up doing it, and apparently that’s what’s going to happen to (Coulter), I think,” Maher said. “But Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f—ing babies.”

Speaking to S.E. Cupp, a conservative political commentator and guest on his show, Maher compared the cancellation of Coulter’s speech to “the liberals’ version of book burning.”

“And I feel like this goes on all over the country on campuses,” Maher told Cupp. “They invite someone to speak who’s not exactly what liberals want to hear, and they want to shutter it. … And it’s got to stop.”



Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are the most intollrent bunch of idiots around if their not canciling a speach given by conservatives and banning them rom campus of restricting free speech to a tiny area on campus and its way past time to totaly defund these places of liberal leftists indoctrination

Anonymous said...


Are you really complaining that leftists are intolerant and at the same time demanding they be shut down?

Apparently you cannot debate anyone with any cogent argument so you, like the people you whine about, want to shut people up.

How very hypocritical of you.

"We have met the enemy, and they are us."

(They are also birdbrains.)

Bird of Paradise said...

Maher is right about these collage/university cry babies but i dont like these four letter words but these universities and collages are run by the left

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with Bill Maher's opinions usually but I support what has said about Anne Coulter. Finally a liberal with a social conscience regarding free speech. A rare commodity these days.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

I see the Conservatives are fighting back their suing U.C. Berkeley and i hope the conservatives win and make this who campus eat crow